Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
by Stephanie Newitt
School has begun and the morning craziness has started. Bus stop schedules have been distributed by the district. Maybe your child has old friends at the bus stop, maybe they have the chance to build new friendships. Maybe your child attends a neighborhood bus stop or maybe it’s a new regional bus stop. Whatever the case, it is most likely that they will mirror your parent view of the bus stop experience.
If you have questions about your child’s bus stop, check out THIS LINK to the GPS Transportation Department. The number of bus stops, though NOT the number of actual buses, have multiplied for 2015-16 due to the regionalization of ALP, Special Education, and ELL services. We appreciate that the task of organizing bus routes and bus availability is more complex this year than it has ever been before. We thank the transportation department for their efforts with this daunting task.
This is our third year attending a regional bus stop. For our first year, all the children were new to the bus stop. They made friends. Though some of the children were in different grades, they connected. They looked out for each other. They playfully teased each other and respected one another. This was their social safety net as they rode the bus to a new school.
What helped make this possible? As parents we got out of our cars and connected with other parents. This encouraged our kids to interact as well. We parents swapped phone numbers so we could notify one another if one of the kids wouldn’t be on the bus one morning or schedule after school play dates at the park. As parents we supported one another in teaching our children respect for each other, the driver and the property of others. We shared similar values. And we got together at least once over each summer so the kids could still feel connected.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
From the Summit Center of California ...
Organizing Chaos: Solutions for Everyday Life in a Gifted Family
Thursday, September 03, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Living in a gifted family can be chaotic. Overwhelmed with schedule and time management? Exhausted trying to keep everything and everyone on track? Frazzled when you can't find what you need? We will explore which organizing methods increase emotional connection and functioning within the gifted family.
· Identify how gifted characteristics can be used to help get and keep your family organized
· How to enlist help from everyone in the family
· Establishing routines and good habits to get organized
· Evaluate time management and expectations
· Learn what can realistically be accomplished
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Gathering Information helps us, as parents, to be prepared for the roller coaster of raising a gifted child. Please join our Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted meetings when there is a guest lecture. Also, get informed about what is happening with gifted education in Gilbert by contacting your campus’ representative for the Gifted Education Parent Council. Each school has a parent representative who meets with members of GPS administration monthly, so you can have a voice. Begin by being informed, and then you will be ready to be involved at any level.